What are the true costs of a data breach? On the one hand, there are monetary damages: the estimated average cost per breach in the US is $7.9 million. Coupled with potential fines for negligence plus legal fees, and suddenly it’s no surprise that around 60% of small businesses will go out of business within 6 months after a significant breach and around 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses because of presumed vulnerabilities. On the other hand, there are the less tangible costs of a cyberattack, such as organizational integrity and customer trust. Whether it’s your fault or not, a data breach will compromise the public’s perception of your business, although the extent of it will really depend on the actions you take immediately following the breach.(more…)
Nearly every reputable retail business and restaurant operates using a Point of Sale (POS) system. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a brick-and-mortar store that DOESN’T have one these days. A good POS system keeps accurate records of cash flow, simplifies communication, and reinforces cyber security measures. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why your restaurant needs a quality POS system as soon as possible.(more…)
What Is Data Breach?
Data breach is the exposure of sensitive customer information due to hacking, theft or the accidental release of data. Business owners are expected to exercise discretion and due diligence to protect their customers’ data from a breach.
Imagine you just received a call informing you that your business and customer records have been compromised. What do you do?(more…)
While email is a great tool both personally and professionally, it also poses one of the greatest threats to your business. Bad actors can use a variety of email scams such as ransomware, phishing, and a variety of other tools to not only disrupt personal computers, but also business technologies while gaining access to personal or business information that would be harmful for the outside world to have.(more…)
Handling electronic data is an unavoidable part of operating any business today, but what would happen to your restaurant if that sensitive information was the target of a cyberattack? We tend to remember big, scandalous data breaches like Equifax or Sony, but that’s only because they are highly publicized. In reality, an estimated 90% of cyberattacks affect small businesses and the average cost of one is $116,967. Couple that with loss of customer trust and suddenly it’s no surprise that 60% of small businesses go out of business within 6 months of a data breach.(more…)
The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance reports that 60% of companies affected by a data breach will go out of business within six months. At a time when technology and the risks associated with it affect every person and business, Society Insurance provides leading-edge Cyber Liability insurance with comprehensive data security and privacy coverage.(more…)
What is Cyber Terrorism?
Cyber terrorism is a politically-motivated attack against computers and data. These attacks are intended to be disruptive and advance the attackers’ political or religious stance. Acts of cyber terrorism result in a total or partial interruption of a computer system. Unlike cyber extortion, the hacker isn’t asking for any sort of ransom in cyber terrorism situations.
Examples of Cyber Terrorism
- Sophisticated network attacks to gain access to sensitive data and high-value business information
- Viruses and worms that are maliciously designed to disrupt, damage and attack an electronic infrastructure
- Hacks to collect personally-identifiable information which can be used to steal identities
Electronic data is an important component of your business operations. What would happen if you suddenly lost access to this information? Would you be prepared for the cost associated with recovering your computer network assets? (more…)
It is no secret that criminals are getting smarter at using technology to their advantage. Unfortunately, that means your business could be the victim of a data breach left to face tremendous financial costs, lost customers and a damaged reputation. When word gets out that data was compromised at your business, it may take time to convince customers that it is safe to come back. (more…)
If your business suffers a data breach, you may see yourself as the victim. But there could be a different perspective for customers or employees whose data has been compromised. They may view you, the business owner, as responsible for not properly safeguarding their confidential information. Would your business be prepared for the related lawsuits? (more…)